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Natalie Broughton came into the harm reduction field around 5 years ago, whilst studying on the Public Health (Addictions) MSc course at Liverpool John Moores University. Since January 2023, she has been working as a practitioner at Matrix, the young people’s substance use service in South Tyneside. Natalie is passionate about education and harm reduction, and values being able to have pragmatic and compassionate conversations with young people and their families/carers about drugs.
During her Masters, Natalie completed a 2-month Erasmus+ traineeship in Lisbon where she evaluated a university course for prevention practitioners working in Portugal. In 2019, she began volunteering on the frontline of harm reduction, helping with welfare services at festivals and events. She volunteered with The Loop at The Warehouse Project nightclub (Manchester) and Hideout festival (Croatia), as well as starting her journey with PsyCare UK Welfare & Harm Reduction. Since 2021, she has been a Team Leader with PsyCare UK, co-ordinating a small team to support people undergoing challenging drug-related experiences, particularly in relation to psychedelic substances. Natalie has also been involved in community outreach, harm reduction and Naloxone provision within the adult substance use service in County Durham.
Her interests include all aspects of substance use, stigma, mental health and social (in)justice. Natalie is a passionate intersectional feminist, with her past research focusing on stigma and shame around menstruation, as well as menstrual equity. She is a lover of tea, books, second-hand shops and her retired greyhound, Peggy.